Administrative Fellowship

Located in Birmingham, Alabama, UAB Medicine is one of the top academic medical centers in the United States and Alabama’s largest single-site employer, with more than 1,200 licensed beds. In addition to providing health care services for more than 1.6 million patients annually, we are committed to educating medical professionals and advancing medical science through research. UAB Medicine is anchored by UAB Hospital, which has been named one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals, ranked as America’s No. 1 Best Large Employer in 2021 by Forbes magazine, and among the 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review, and we received a Top Ten Consumer Choice Award from National Research Corp.

UAB Medicine was recognized as a Magnet-designated organization for the fifth consecutive time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program® and is only the 21st hospital worldwide to receive this designation five consecutive times. UAB Medicine also was designated a Health Care Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for demonstrating leadership in LGBTQ health care and employment.

 

 

UAB Medicine offers four unique fellowship opportunities: Hospital, Clinical Practice Transformation, Health System, and Rural Healthcare. From the beginning of each fellowship, fellows are incorporated into the executive team, respective to their focus area. Each fellowship offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary experience that includes exposure to multiple areas and a diverse set of projects.

Under the guidance of an executive sponsor, preceptor, and a council of mentors, this two-year fellowship experience is tailored to meet each fellows’ needs and interests, while helping them develop into a well-versed health care leader. Fellows have the opportunity to attend board, planning, executive, and staff meetings; also, they are exposed to operational, strategic, and governance issues and decision-making. Our goal is to foster critical thinking, process improvement, emotional intelligence, communication skills, strategic thinking, and other competencies to develop and build upon fellows’ existing foundations, which will support them throughout their health care administration careers.

  • 2-year fellowship cycle
  • Possible exposure areas
    • Executive, facilities, nursing, finance, strategic planning, space planning, patient experience, quality, supply chain
  • Executive sponsor
    • Anthony Patterson, CEO of UAB Hospital
  • Preceptor
    • Arpan Limdi, vice president of Clinical Operations & chief facilities officer

For questions regarding the Hospital Operations Fellowship, please email adminfellows@uabmc.edu.

UAB Medicine’s Clinical Practice Transformation (CPT) fellowship aims to create transformative leaders in health care. The fellow works directly with UAB’s chief clinical transformation officer and other hospital leaders to transform care delivery and operational design throughout the hospital. The fellow will develop competencies in systems-based leadership and inter-professional frontline problem-solving, which provide the foundation for transformative work in all sectors of health care. The fellowship is grounded in CPT engagements, while allowing fellows the flexibility to explore other facets of UAB Medicine and tailor the fellowship to their interests.

A significant portion of the fellow’s projects will be team-based CPT engagements, working with clinicians and administrators in the Department of Clinical Practice Transformation. The CPT department aims to create a simple, user-friendly transformation paradigm for systems-based problem-solving with sustained implementation and meaningful high impact results across UAB Medicine. The Clinical Practice Transformation team engages with all levels of the organization to implement systems-based clinical performance improvement strategies in order to provide exceptional care to our patients that is accessible, timely and compassionate, evidence-based, aligned, and integrated – all while elevating the care experience for our patients and their families and enhancing the well-being of our care providers.

  • 2-year fellowship cycle
  • Possible exposure areas
    • Systems-based leadership development, inter-professional frontline problem solving, implementation science, clinical care redesign, accountable care team implementation, integration of clinical and hospital operations, research & innovation, executive level strategic planning
  • Executive sponsor
    • Anthony Patterson, CEO of UAB Hospital
  • Preceptor
    • Rick van Pelt, MD, MBA, chief clinical transformation officer for UAB Hospital

For questions regarding the Clinical Practice Transformation Fellowship, please email adminfellows@uabmc.edu.

Under the guidance of an executive sponsor, preceptor, and a council of mentors, this one-year fellowship experience is tailored to meet each fellows’ needs and interests, while helping them develop into a well-versed health care leader. Fellows have the opportunity to attend board, planning, executive, and staff meetings; also, they are exposed to operational, strategic, and governance issues and decision-making. Our goal is to foster critical systems and model development thinking, emotional intelligence, communication skills, strategic thinking, and other competencies to develop and build upon fellows’ existing foundations, which will support them throughout their health care administration careers.

  • 1-year fellowship cycle
  • Possible exposure areas
    • ACO, clinical network development, affiliate operations, VIVA Health, Alabama Rural Health Collaborative (ARHC), system-wide initiatives
  • Executive sponsor
    • Don Lilly, chief network & affiliates officer
  • Preceptor
    • Dawson Smith, vice president of Affiliate Operations & Network Development

For questions regarding the Health System Fellowship, please email adminfellows@uabmc.edu.

*Please note that the fellow will be an employee of the residency site and not of UAB Health System.

UAB Health System launched the Alabama Rural Health Collaborative , a resource center for rural hospitals. As part of its programming to support rural hospitals across the state, the ARHC offers the potential for up to two early careerists to experience an administrative fellowship at a rural hospital site. *Please note that the rural hospital site may or may not be part of UAB Health System.

From the beginning of the one-year residency, the fellow is incorporated into the executive team in order to have a comprehensive, multidisciplinary experience that includes rotations and a diverse set of projects. They have the opportunity to attend board, planning, executive, and staff meetings; also, they are exposed to operational, strategic, and governance issues and decision-making. There will be opportunities to network with other hospitals participating in the ARHC and with other leaders in statewide programs such as the Alabama Hospital Association, the Alabama Rural Health Association, and the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Office of Primary Care and Rural Health. The fellow will develop an understanding of the competencies needed in rural health care leaders and the challenges facing rural organizations. The fellows will be exposed to the internal and external forces shaping health care in their respective communities, the state of Alabama, and the nation.

  • 1-year fellowship cycle
  • Possible exposure areas
    • Quality, facility & plant operations, nursing leadership (chief nursing officer), strategic planning, patient experience, and finance
  • Executive sponsor
    • Dawson Smith, director of Network Development and Affiliations
  • Preceptor
    • Chief executive officer/chief operating officer at one of the rural hospitals participating in the Alabama Rural Health Collaborative
  • Potential site placements
    • Mizell Memorial Hospital
    • Russell Medical Center
    • Regional Medical Center of Central Alabama
    • Whitfield Regional Hospital

Fellows have the opportunity to attend board, planning, executive, and staff meetings; also, they are exposed to operational, strategic, and governance issues and decision-making. Fellows are integrated into activities and projects across UAB Medicine, offering a breadth of understanding into the functioning of an academic medical center (AMC). Through this experience, fellows are exposed to the internal and external forces shaping UAB Medicine and health care in the state of Alabama and the nation. Each fellowship allows the opportunity to experience the operations and management of a large, nationally recognized AMC, as well as the flexibility to accommodate personal interests within a framework of continuous learning.

The fellow will be offered a competitive salary and benefits package for the duration of the program. Reimbursement is provided for one health care conference of his/her choice during the fellowship program. Additionally, relocation assistance may be available.

 

Key Dates

  • Application deadline: October 1, 2021
  • Skype/phone interview: Early October 2021
  • On-site interview: Late October 2021
  • Official acceptance date: November 12, 2021
  • Start date: June 2022

Eligibility

  • Graduate of OR has successfully completed all on-campus didactic requirements of a Masters level program with an interest in practicing in Healthcare Administration
  • Masters in Healthcare or Business preferred

Application Materials

  • Apply via NAFCAS
  • Current resume/CV
  • Official graduate school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • Academic
    • Professional
    • Other
  • Cover letter addressed to Administrative Fellowship Selection Committee
  • Personal statement addressing the following questions (two-page maximum):
    • What makes UAB Medicine the ideal place for you?
    • How do you exhibit UAB Medicine’s Core Values: Always Care, Own It, Work Together, and Do Right?
    • Why are you pursuing this particular fellowship with hospital operations?
    • What are your expected outcomes from the fellowship?
  • Apply via NAFCAS
  • Current resume/CV
  • Official graduate school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • Academic
    • Professional
    • Other
  • Cover letter addressed to Administrative Fellowship Selection Committee
  • Personal statement addressing the following questions (two-page maximum):
    • What makes you interested in a fellowship that focuses on systems-based leadership training?
    • UAB Medicine’s Core Values are Always Care, Own It, Work Together, and Do Right. How would upholding these values ready you for a fellowship in clinical practice transformation?
    • What are your expected outcomes from the fellowship?
  • Apply via NAFCAS
  • Current resume/CV
  • Official graduate school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • Academic
    • Professional
    • Other
  • Cover letter addressed to Administrative Fellowship Selection Committee
  • Personal statement addressing the following questions (two-page maximum):
    • What makes UAB Medicine the ideal place for you?
    • How do you exhibit UAB Medicine’s Core Values: Always Care, Own It, Work Together, and Do Right?
    • Why are you pursuing this particular fellowship with health system?
    • What are your expected outcomes from the fellowship?
  • Apply via NAFCAS or UAB Medicine Careers Site
  • Current resume/CV
  • Official graduate school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • Academic
    • Professional
    • Other
  • Cover letter addressed to Administrative Fellowship Selection Committee
  • Personal statement addressing the following questions (two-page maximum):
    • Why a fellowship in rural health care leadership?
    • Why Alabama?
    • What are your expected outcomes from the fellowship?

UAB Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from veterans and individuals with disabilities. UAB Medicine is an active participant in E-Verify for the I-9 process.

Note: We are unable to provide visa sponsorship for individuals participating in UAB Medicine's Administrative Fellowships.

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Morgan Gaghen
Morgan is the current UAB Medicine Hospital Fellow for 2020-2022. Originally from Gadsden, Ala., she found her interest in health care in high school while working at an outpatient physician practice. She then earned her Associate of Applied Science in occupational therapy in 2013. Morgan practiced as an occupational therapy assistant in an acute care hospital setting for five years at UAB Medicine. This experience led her to complete her Bachelor of Science in health care management in 2018.

Morgan completed her Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While working toward her master’s degrees, she had the opportunity to work in Supply Chain & Support Services at UAB Medicine and in operations at the UAB Hospital-Highlands facility. Morgan’s interest in operations in the academic medical center setting led her to pursue the UAB Hospital Administrative Fellowship. During her fellowship, she actively participated in project management for several initiatives in UAB Medicine’s COVID-19 emergency response, including command center, testing, PPE conservation and reprocessing, and vaccination efforts. She also gained experience in ongoing initiatives with the Cardiovascular Institute, Center for Patient Flow, Alliance Imaging Taskforce, and the UAB Hospital-Highlands Emergency Department.


Naseem Nimer
Naseem is the 2021-2023 UAB Medicine Hospital Fellow from Ann Arbor, Mich., with a decorated, eight-year career spanning the health care spectrum – from medical transportation to finance and operations. Most recently, Naseem served as an administrative research intern at John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, where he reported to the chief of research and offered recommendations on optimizing workflow. Concurrently, he was offered a role as a health care administration intern for Saleh Medical Innovations Consulting (SMIC), a partnering firm where he recently concluded his work.

Naseem earned his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) before recently completing his dual Master of Health Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees at Eastern Michigan University. Along the way, he earned his green belt in the Lean Six Sigma methodology at Lawrence Tech University and is in the process of becoming a project management professional with the Project Management Institute. Naseem’s background as a first-generation immigrant, coupled with his interdisciplinary expertise, uniquely position him to deliver on a mission to serve the underserved by ushering health care systems into their next generation of potential as thriving and equitable institutions.


Carlie Dobbins
Carlie is the second-year administrative fellow with the Clinical Practice Transformation team for the 2020-2022 cycle. She is originally from Memphis, Tenn., but completed her education in Los Angeles. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Pepperdine University and her Master of Health Administration from the University of Southern California. Before beginning her fellowship at UAB, she completed a one-year administrative residency at Providence, a large, integrated health care delivery system that spans six states.

Carlie started out in health care as a certified nursing assistant in a residential behavioral health treatment center. She continued to work in this setting for four years while completing her education, transitioning into an administrative role after time. She attributes her interest in clinical practice transformation to her experience working directly with patients and clinicians.


Maria Gonzalez-Gomez
Maria is the UAB Medicine Administrative Fellow with the Clinical Practice Transformation team for 2021-2023. She was born in Colombia and at the age of six moved to Tampa, Fla., where her family still resides. Maria graduated from the University of Florida (UF) with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a specialization in public health in 2019. Maria stayed at the University of Florida and earned her Master of Health Administration in 2021.

During her time at UF, Maria completed internships with the Department of Neurology at UF Health and the VA Medical Center in Gainesville. The ability to learn how to transform care delivery and operational design throughout an academic medical center from administrators and clinicians is what led her to pursue the CPT Administrative Fellowship at UAB.


Charlie Angel
Charlie is the UAB Health System Administrative Fellow for 2021-2022. Born and raised in Hoover, Ala., Charlie completed his undergraduate degree in health care management at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Charlie found his interest in health care while working as a surgical scrub technician for two oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Charlie sees his time spent with them as being invaluable to his overall development and understanding of the greater health system. During his undergraduate studies, Charlie was able to serve in a variety of research-based roles – most notably on a project that sought to develop a continuum of care model for spinal cord injury patients.

Through the guidance of the faculty and staff he met during his undergraduate years, Charlie decided to pursue his MSHA. Charlie will complete his Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from UAB in spring 2022. While pursuing this degree, Charlie served in a variety of roles within UAB Hospital-Highlands, Supply Chain & Support services at UAB Hospital, COVID-19 response teams, and Network Development and Affiliations. Charlie’s interest in understanding how the various components of an academic health system function led him to pursue the UAB Health System Fellowship.


Cayla Hurst
Cayla is the inaugural UAB Medicine Academic Medicine and Ambulatory Operations Fellow for 2020-2022. She is originally from Lake Ridge, Va., where her family still resides. Cayla graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Public Health and a certificate in health communications. She continued her education at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she earned a Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Services Administration. Cayla gathered experience working in outpatient private practices throughout her education.

Cayla pursued the Academic Medicine and Ambulatory Operations Fellowship to gain experience at a comprehensive academic health medical center, while learning more about various service lines across ambulatory operations. Her current interest is the integration of research into the ambulatory settings, reflecting one of UAB Medicine’s key missions.


Kevin Sommers
Kevin is the UAB Medicine Administrative Finance Fellow for 2020-2022. He was born and raised in Huntsville, Ala., and graduated from Auburn University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration focused on accounting. At Auburn, Kevin was involved with and held leadership positions in various extracurricular activities, including the Student Government Association and Student Alumni Association. He completed internships in audit and assurance with a Big Four accounting firm, in the business office of a large non-profit health system in Huntsville, and in health care consulting with a firm in Nashville, Tenn.

After graduating from Auburn, Kevin completed his Master of Science in Health Administration (2021) and Master of Business Administration (2020) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The ability to learn from experienced finance leaders while being immersed in both academic and health system affairs brought Kevin to UAB Medicine.

 

The UAB Medicine Administrative Fellowships prepare trainees for success in a variety of areas in health care management. Many fellows stay within UAB Health System after completion of the fellowships.

  • Esther Arnold – Director, Strategic Projects, UA Health Services Foundation
  • DeWayne Bailey – Organizational Effectiveness Manager, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics
  • Jessica Zeller – Operations Director, Clinical Practice Transformation, UAB Hospital
  • Dawson Smith – Vice President, Network Development and Affiliations, UAB Health System
  • Nisha Patel – Director, Wellness and Administration, UAB Medicine
  • Frank Sortino – Operations Administrator, UAB Hospital-Highlands
  • Mark Wiersma – Director, Strategic Initiatives, UAB Health System
  • Anisa Xhaja – Director, COVID Operations, UAB Medicine
  • Lee Hammonds – Associate Vice President, UAB Medicine
  • Martin Smith – Chief Operating Officer, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics
  • Brian Berthiaume – Operations Director, Transplant Operations, UAB Hospital
  • Jordan DeMoss – Vice President, Clinical Operations, UAB Hospital
  • Melissa Mancini – Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, UAB Health System
  • Lauryn Schultz – Senior Administrator, Department of Medicine Clinical Programs and Operations, UA Health Services Foundation
  • Ragan Manning – Senior Director, Resource Utilization, UAB Hospital